Australian Design Rules downloadable resource

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About the ADR resource

In line with the national program for Australian Design Rule (ADR) development, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (the Department) amends or develops ADRs and related information. The downloadable ADR Resource is a periodic compilation of this information. The ADR Resource is provided as a .zip file for easy transfer to hard disk or USB media and as an .iso file for easy transfer to CD-ROMs. It contains:

  • General overview of new and amended standards since the availability of the previous ADR Online Resource
  • Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989
  • Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989
  • Second Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 1969 to 1989)
  • Third Edition ADRs (applying to vehicles manufactured from 2 August 1989)
  • Administrator's Circulars
  • Vehicle Standards Bulletins
  • Registered Automotive Workshop Information and Forms
  • Test Facility Inspection Manual
  • Road Vehicle Certification System
  • Importing Vehicles into Australia
  • Government Gazettes

Download the ADR Resource

Transfer the ADR Resource to your media

  • Right click the link above
  • Click ‘Save target as’
  • Select the intended location for the .iso or .zip file
  • Click ‘Save’ to confirm

Burn the ADR Resource to a CD-ROM


  • Download the ISO file to a folder on your computer
  • Insert a blank disc
  • Open the folder where you have saved the ISO file
  • Right click the .iso file
  • Select ‘Burn disc image’
  • In ‘Windows Disc Image Burn’ window select ‘Disc Burner’ and input the location of the disk drive
  • Click on ‘Burn’


  • Download the .iso file
  • Insert a blank disc
  • In ‘Finder’ click the ‘Applications’ folder and then the ‘Utilities’ folder
  • Launch ‘Disk Utility’
  • From the File menu, select ‘Open Disk Image’
  • Select the .iso file to be burned to the CD/DVD
  • Click the ‘Burn’ icon

Register for Notifications When an Updated ADR Resource is Periodically Made Available for Download

Subscribers who have previously provided an email address will automatically be registered for notification of the availability of the periodically updated ADR Resource. If you were not a subscriber but wish to be notified of the availability of an updated downloadable ADR Resource, please register your email address on the ADR Resource Notification List.

Register for Notifications to Updates to Specific ADRs

As continues to be the case, notifications relating to amendments to specific ADRs can be received by registering an account with the Federal Register of Legislation at the following website:

Further Information

For further information please email the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch at

RVS legislation

To support the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time, the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 replaced the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 on 1 July 2021. The detail of how the RVSA regulatory framework operates is contained in subsidiary legislation, the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 (the Rules). The RVSA, the Rules and other related legislation are collectively referred to as the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

Please visit the Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation page for more information.